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Ffrees does not rely on customer wealth for revenues, says founder Alex Letts

Digital finance firm Ffrees backed by syndicate of investors

Sheffield-based digital current account provider Ffrees has secured the capital it needs to introduce a mobile app and invest in customer interaction services.

Moneycorp has a 'travel hub' at Heathrow and is hoping to ramp up global services

Moneycorp snapped up by Bridgepoint for nine-figure sum

Foreign exchange business Moneycorp is now in the hands of private equity firm Bridgepoint following a £212 million deal.

UK Tech Innovators features 23 of the UK's most prominent technology firms

Tech Innovators 2014: Essentia Analytics for fund manager behaviour patterns

Essentia Analytics has built a platform for fund managers that examines historical trade and identifies behavioural patterns to help identify what they are good at, and what is preventing better performance.

UK Tech Innovators features 23 of the UK's most prominent technology firms

Tech Innovators 2014: ACE Consensus develops platform for investment decisions

Having set up shop at the Level 39 start-up accelerator in Canary Wharf, ACE Consensus is attempting to shake up the way in which we go about making investment decisions.

Investors looking for quick tips can access information through Stockomendation

Stock comparison site Stockomendation gets help from angels

Stockomendation will now begin to build out its sales and marketing presence in the UK and US following an undisclosed funding round.

One of FiarFX's services, Travel Cash, offers free delivery of 23 different currencies

Payments provider FairFX completes IPO

Cloud-based peer-to-peer payments platform FairFX is now a public company after the business joined London's junior stock exchange.

Crowdcube co-founders: Luke Lang and Darren Westlake have raised new funds

Crowdcube closes world record crowdfunding round in 16 minutes

Equity crowdfunding platform has topped up a £3.8 million venture capital round by using its own platform to raise £1.2 million.

Retail Decisions has built its offering in the payment fraud protection market

Palamon Capital Partners nets 2.5x return on Retail Decisions sale

Payment fraud prevention technology Retail Decisions has been sold to ACI Worldwide through a deal worth $205 million.

CEO Samir Desai, CMO James Meekings and head of credit Andrew Mullinger

Funding Circle raises huge Series D and adds former New York deputy mayor to board

Peer-to-peer debt finance platform Funding Circle has returned to its investor base to raise $65 million of expansion funds.

Entrepreneurs: Luke Lang and Darren Westlake set up Crowdcube in 2011

Crowdcube fuses venture capital and crowdfunding for latest investment round

Having previously only used its own crowdfunding platform to raise growth capital, Crowdcube has secured institutional backer Balderton Capital as a new investor.

Growth team: (L-R) Investor Charles Dunstone and founder Nick Hungerford

Carphone Warehouse founder joins VCs in backing fintech venture Nutmeg.com

Personal wealth manager Nutmeg.com has raised $32 million of institutional capital two years after launching in the UK.

The TransferWise founders have been joined by entrepreneur Richard Branson

Richard Branson joins Peter Thiel as investor at 'anti-bank' fintech start-up TransferWise

Financial technology business TransferWise has been successful in securing investment from both sides of the Atlantic through a $25 million fundraising.

M&A on AIM 2014

Mergers and acquisition activity by AIM companies hit a four-year high in 2013, bucking the general UK trend. So far, 2014 has shown a similar buoyancy.

Football to business: Alex Ferguson was Manchester United manager for 27 years

Sir Alex Ferguson takes to angel investing and backs fintech start-up Pockit

Technology start-up Pockit has been described as being 'superbly placed' by Sir Alex Ferguson, after the former Manchester United manager joined a £1 million seed funding round for the company.

Prevalent issue: Late payment can be damaging for start-up and growth firms

Satago uses Naval Ravikant's AngelList to close $1 million seed funding round

UK-based Satago has utilised private backers investing through the AngelList platform to raise $1 million of new capital.

Bitcoin entrepreneur: Tony Gallippi is looking to take his company global

Index Ventures makes first foray into Bitcoin sector

Richard Branson and Ashton Kutcher-backed BitPay has now raised more institutional capital than any other start-up in the space following a latest round worth $30 million.

Ease of use: Jacob de Geer wants to make payments simpler for small businesses

Zouk Capital added to growing list of venture capital backers at iZettle

Payments service iZettle has secured $55.5 million of new growth capital to accelerate the roll out of its hardware and software products.

Power of many: Peer-to-peer financing is taking control away from the banks

The rise of peer-to-peer lending in the UK

As managing director of property finance business Folk2Folk, David Brown explains why peer-to-peer is growing through opening up the finance market, and how his business fits in.

Online service: iprism provides comparative SME business insurance for brokers

Magenta Partners nets 'significant return' on investment in iprism 

Bowmark Capital has snapped up the stake of insurance intermediary iprism Underwriting Agency held by Magenta Partners.

Corporate leadership: The Currency Cloud is headed up by CEO Mike Laven

London tech start-up The Currency Cloud bolstered by eight-figure fundraising

A host of well-known venture capital firms are uniting to back the future growth of payments engine The Currency Cloud as the British business looks to increase transaction numbers.

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Great Tech Expedition to the US – Nineteen British companies, three American cities, five days

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The living wage movement gathers momentum

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